Local High Schools Drop by for a Visit with Some of their Favorite Patients at St. Mary’s

Kids Helping Kids During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for giving, sharing, and spreading warmth and bliss. No one knows how to invoke the true holiday spirit better than children themselves.

This holiday season, a few local high schools from Queens and Long Island volunteered their time to help the young patients of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children experience a most memorable holiday complete with silver trimmings, festive colors, and “fireside” stories.

Students from Great Neck North on Long Island arrived at St. Mary’s to offer a very special gift for Christmas morning. Armed with loads of colorful wrapping paper donated by the students, this team volunteered their time to wrap holiday presents for the 97 children who will spend the holiday season in the hospital.

Sharing a similar mission to bring the holidays to St. Mary’s, that same day students from Cardozo High School in Queens surprised St. Mary’s kids with creative activities and holiday arts & crafts, a favorite past-time for all kids. The students put on a fun puppet show for the children and then showed them how to make their own puppets, too. This all-around evening of artistic fun brought lots of energetic smiles and excitement to St. Mary’s kids.

The students’ visits were part of a growing movement among young people to give back to others during the holiday season, and they were all honored to have had the opportunity to create long-lasting memories for children and families with special needs.

St. Mary’s kids were given the best gift of all this holiday season – the gift of friendship.